Rockbear, Deanery of Ailesbeare.

Chanter 225A, 254-255

  1. Population and dissenters: We have about Threescore and Twelve families whereof Two Persons only are Dissenters, as far as I know: one is a Presbyterian; ye other a Quaker. But we have no meeting house of Dissenters in our Parish.

  2. Public or charity schools: There is care taken for educating all ye poor Children of ye Parish in ye English Tongue; a salary of four pounds per annum being settled for ever for that purpose, given by ye will of one Laurence Colesworthy since ye year 1702 who hath left Land-security for ye Payment of it. Here is care taken that ye poor Children be brought to read well and to learn ye Church-catechism; and at all proper times they are brought to church for their Christian Edification.

  3. Alms-house, hospital or charitable endowment: We have no Alms-house, nor Hospital here, nor Lands left for ye Repair of our Church, or any other pious use.

  4. Residence upon cure: I do reside personally upon my Cure, and do live in my Vicarage-house.

  5. Curate: [No answer given]

  6. Divine service at other churches: I do perform Divine service at no Church but my own, unless in case of ye ministerís Illness or Absence.

  7. Frequency of divine service: Twice every Lordís Day when I am well, with two sermons, is Divine service performíd in my c[hur]ch, as also on the 5th of Nov. Xtmass-day, & 30th of Jan: & on other Holidays, when a convenient number of people will give their Attendance.

  8. Frequency of communion: Four times in ye year; at Easter, Whitsunday, Michaelmas & Christmass.

  9. Number of communicants: The number of communicants is generally about twenty five or thirty; I believe it was so at Easter last, and they come from all Parts of the Parish: There is one virtuous Gentlewoman and her Daughter that are constant communicants.

  10. Catechising of children: Once every year, just after Whitsunday, and for several Sundays successively. And the Parishioners are pretty careful to send their Children & Servants to be catechised: And once in two years I expound ye catechism to the People.

  11. Chapels or chapels in ruins: We have no other Place of Publick Worship but the Parish Church only. Witness my hand ye 13th day of July 1744.

    Henry Clarke Vicar of Rockbear.

    Rockbear Vic.--- Henry Clarke. A.B.
    inst. Sept. 18. 1739. Stephen Exon.
    Presb. Sept. 25. 1720. Lan. Exon. [Explanation]